In ancient development systems it was well known that the mind itself was a functional device, and that thoughts and thoughtforms could function as devices, influencing and affecting other minds and physical material. It was also
understood that the thoughtforms had to be crystal clear and very stable. This
demanded a great deal of practice in concentration. Eventually it was found that the stability of a physical form or device could materially assist the mind in
maintaining stability. In ancient times many such devices were used: the dowsing rod, the
crystal ball, the string-and-weight psychic pendulum, etc.
In the last century it was discovered that electrical devices could be used as tuning assistants. This led to the development of radionics, the name being
inspired by the new electricity and magnetism discoveries, and particularly by the discovery of electromagnetic radiation. These radionics devices had a distinct
advantage in the degree of precision they achieved in the tuning of the inceptive cyborg (operator's mind linked with the actual device through hyperspace). Ten resistors could be staged to give an otherwise almost unobtainable degree of accuracy and precision to the inceptive tuning. The use of variable resistors
allowed rapid change of resistance, and thus rapid change of the overall cyborg tuning, and the ability to scan precisely in hyperspace, say, the emanations from a patient. In the hands of a skilled operator, such a device was often much more accurate than the finest medical test equipment available today, and infinitely cheaper and faster. In addition, such testing and diagnosis added little or no
distress to the patient. This weird new radionics presented a formidable threat to the orthodox medical establishment. In the U.S. at least, the dogmatic medical establishment promptly came down hard on this potential threat to its hitherto
unchallenged domination in the field of medical treatment. Its inquisition and purge was made easier by the fact that many charlatans also leaped into the lucrative field, having little or no actual diagnostic ability, and prescribing meaningless amulets and placebos for seriously ill patients. Also, the strangeness of radionics, such as the ability to diagnose illness from a drop of blood drawn from a patient thousands of miles away from the diagnostician and the radionics device, alienated many
members of the medical profession who sincerely believed that no such diagnosis was possible, and that all such psychic demonstrations were frauds. Furthermore, the results, either diagnosis or treatment, were not usually repeatable by ordinary physicians and investigators since the psychic skill of the operator was directly
involved. Organized medicine of course did not recognize the ability of the doctor to mentally or
psychically intervene in the patient's illness, and so such practice was regarded as fraudulent and banned by the medical establishment.
The radionics practitioners were hounded into court, prosecuted, and
convicted of fraud and of practicing medicine without a license. Several prominent
radionics pioneers were actually hounded to death, Wilhelm Reich and Ruth Drown being the two most prominent examples. What could have been a great leap
forward in medical science in the U.S., and the beginning of the development of
psychotronics, was crushed by the power, ignorance, and bigotry of orthodoxy. To
this day U.S. radionics has not recovered, and U.S. radionics practitioners are a
rare breed, largely underground, who perform their experiments in suspicious secrecy
and have only lately begun cautiously emerging from obscurity. In England
and elsewhere, radionics survived and flourished, and today one can legally
receive radionics treatment in England.